2015 Volvo S60: Road Trip Regret
by Scott Oldham, Editor-in-Chief on October 22, 2015
Recently one of our editors drove our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 round-trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and upon his return wrote that "the S60, outfitted as ours is (fully loaded, of course), is a wonderful car for a long-distance drive. We've got a number of long-term posts attesting to this, so I won't go on except to say, again, that this is a great road car. The sport seats are also superb."
Having read that, I jumped at the chance to road-trip the S60.
I won't be doing that again. The Volvo and I just didn't get along.
This round-trip covered about 700 miles of California, from Silicon Beach to Silicon Valley and back. The Volvo and I left L.A. for Google headquarters in Mountain View on Monday afternoon and arrived back home Tuesday night.
You learn things when you drive a car that far that quickly. After about 150 miles, I learned that the Volvo's seat and seating position were beginning to work against me. Cramps in my legs and numbness of the buttocks plagued me for the majority of the drive.
I also learned that the armrest on the driver's door is hard as a rock and the arch enemy of my elbow. And I learned that the Volvo rides too roughly (probably due to its large 18-inch wheels and tires) and neither is its cabin as quiet as I expected or would have liked.
Generally I found this car uncomfortable and fatiguing to drive.
Then there's the fuel economy. The EPA rates the S60 at 35 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in the city. The Volvo averaged 26.5 mpg for this trip. Now, I did mix in some city driving, about 100 miles worth, and I've never claimed to be a hypermiler. Still, 26.5 mpg after hundreds of miles of nothing but interstate is nothing but disappointing.
Scott Oldham, Editor-in-Chief